Robin Pingeton adds rising star to coaching staff

Mizzou Basketball’s season last year was disappointing to say the least. Despite Aijha Blackwell and Hayley Frank entering their junior seasons – and boasting a deep and talented bench of veteran contributors – the team hasn’t been able to overcome a host of out-and-out stories. from the field and earn his first trip to the NCAA Tournament in several seasons. To top it off, Blackwell and a number of other important pieces exited through the transfer portal, leaving Pingeton’s roster in flux.

In response, Pingeton appears to be shaking up his staff with the addition. Tuesday, the program announced the hiring of a rising star in the coaching ranks: Georgia alumna Jasmine James.

James is no stranger to SEC Basketball. She was a rookie All-American and a second-team All-SEC talent in four years at Georgia before entering the third round of the 2013 WNBA draft and spending the next four years playing professional ball. Since then, she has served as the Director of Basketball Operations at SIUE, spent two years on the Tennessee Tech team, and also gained coaching experience in high school.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone with Jasmine’s playing and coaching resume to our basketball family,” Pingeton said. “She was a top player in the Southeastern Conference in Georgia and served as a high school head coach with her time at Tennessee Tech which plays in a hugely competitive league. I can’t wait to see her impact our current and future Tigers on and off the pitch.

It should be a useful addition to the staff after a tumultuous offseason in Colombia. Pingeton and his program need a statement a year after the disappointing end to 2021-22, and James looks set to help.

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